Meet the Chamber Staff

Kim Smythe

President and Chief Executive Officer

A life-long career in marketing communications, event management, public relations, and government advocacy led Kim to a position on the Nanaimo Chamber Board of Directors, and shortly thereafter to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer.

His many contributions to our community and activity with non-profit organizations, cultural groups, and charities has allowed Kim to build strong relationships that follow diverse paths in the community. Kim’s connections and widespread relationships within the Nanaimo business community has led to many productive collaborations.

Today, Kim is utilizing these experiences to communicate with government, businesses, and the community to enhance opportunities, support a healthy local economy, and create an attractive environment to live, work and play.


Lindsey Innes

Sales, Marketing and Member Services

Lindsey joined the Chamber team in February 2018. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, majoring in Business Management. Prior to coming to Nanaimo, Lindsey brings 4 years experience working with the Campbell River Chamber of Commerce.

Lindsey is excited to resume her position after an 18 month maternity leave and is passionate about working with the local business community and helping members maximize their benefits of belonging to the Chamber. If you are not yet a Chamber member, you’ll want to talk to Lindsey about what the Chamber can do for you.


Phone: 250-756-1191 ext. 4

Roberta Bowman

Operations Coordinator

Roberta joined the Chamber team in February 2021. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in English. Roberta brings with her Chamber experience, having worked with the Prince Rupert & District Chamber of Commerce, Surrey Board of Trade, as well as the West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.

Although Roberta is a newcomer to Nanaimo, she is excited about working with the business community. Reach out to Roberta if you have any questions about your membership.


Phone: 250-756-1191 ext. 0


Emily Tait

Events & Social Media Coordinator

Emily started with the Nanaimo Chamber in January of 2018 as admin support and has evolved into her current role as the Events Coordinator. She is returning back from a 15-month maternity leave, just in time for live events to open back up!

Emily’s favourite part of Chamber Events is getting to mingle with all of the Chamber Members and ensure that they have everything they need.

Welcome back Emily!


Phone: 250-756-1191 ext. 2

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